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This species is accepted, and its native range is São Tomé to Kenya and S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Morphology General Habit
A dwarf epiphyte or rarely a lithophyte.
Morphology Stem
Stems 0.5–2(–3) cm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves few, distichous, coriaceous, linear to narrowly elliptic, acute at the unequally bilobed apex, 1.5–6 cm. long, 0.3–0.5 cm. wide, twisted at base to lie in one plane and articulated to overlapping leaf-bases.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 1–several, 2–8 cm. long, 2–6-flowered; peduncle 2–2.5 cm. long, finely wiry; bracts elliptic, acute, 2–2.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers green or yellow-green; pedicel and ovary strongly twisted, 2–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals elliptic-oblong, obtuse, 2.7–3.7 mm. long, 1.7–2 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals lanceolate, acute, 2.4–3.2 mm. long, 0.8–1.1 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip deeply concave, broadly ovate, acute, 2.7–3.3 mm. long, 3.5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur curved above the ovary, very shortly cylindrical, truncate, 1.5–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 0.8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 7 mm. long.
Habitat
In upland rain-forest and rarely on rocks by streams; 900–2200 m.
Distribution
K3 K4 K5 K6 T3 T6 T7 U2

[FWTA]

Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:1. 1968

Morphology General Habit
A very small plant
Morphology Leaves
A tuft of narrow leaves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Few-flowered inflorescences of pale green flowers.

[FZ]

Orchidaceae, I. la Croix & P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:2. 1998

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf epiphytic herb; stem 5–20 mm long; roots c. 1 mm in diameter.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves in up to 3 pairs, distichous, 1–6 cm × 3–7 mm, linear or narrowly elliptic, leathery or rarely fleshy, dark green.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 1–several, arising below the leaves, 2–8 cm long, 1–several-flowered; peduncle wiry, 3–5 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel and Ovary
Pedicel and ovary 2–4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts c. 1.5 mm long, ovate, acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers green, yellow-green, yellow or cream.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 2–4 × 1.2–2 mm, ovate, obtuse, the dorsal erect and the laterals deflexed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 1.5–3 × 0.6–1.7 mm, lanceolate, subacute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 2–4 × 2.3–4 mm, ovate, very concave, lacking keels; spur saccate, 1.5–2 mm long, curved round the ovary.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column less than 1 mm long.

Native to:

Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Gulf of Guinea Is., Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Angraecum sacciferum Lindl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 5, 1958 Stolz, A. [640], Tanzania K000306557 Unknown type material
Moreau, W.M. [186], Tanzania 10181.000
Cameroon 10183.000
Drummond, R.B. [2207], Tanzania 10184.000
Zimbabwe 10185.000
Drummond, R.B. [2443], Tanzania 12498.000
Bally, P.R.O. [914], Kenya 13386.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [8963], Tanzania 13387.000
Saska, M. [105], Tanzania 13388.000
Polhill, R. [1781], Tanzania 23360.000
Morris, B. [123], Malawi 28343.000
Morris, B. [79], Malawi 28365.000
Hepper, F.N. [5127], Tanzania 34326.000
Gassner, A. [147], Malawi 46581.000
La Croix, E. [891], Malawi 52957.000
Archer, P.G. [A53], Kenya 6257.000
Wild, H. [4440], Zimbabwe 8168.000
Tweedie, E.M. [463], Kenya 8169.000
Wild, H. [4531], Zimbabwe 8170.000
Copley, H. [37], Kenya 8171.000
James, R. [26732], Zimbabwe 8172.000
Gregory, H. [582], Cameroon K000107123
Stolz, A. [639], Tanzania Angraecum parcum K000306326

First published in Companion Bot. Mag. 2: 205 (1837)

Accepted by

  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Johnson, S. & Bytebier, B. (2015). Orchids of South Africa. A field guide: 1-536. Struik nature, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Liltved, W.R. & Johnson, S.D. (2012). The Cape orchids. A regional monograph of the orchids of the Cape floristic region 2: 485-1022. Sandstone editions, Cape Town.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • in Hook. Comp. Bot. Mag. 2: 205 (1837).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • J. Stewart in A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 783 (1974).
  • Lindl. in Hook., Comp. Bot. Mag. 2: 205 (1837).
  • Piers, Orch. E. Afr., ed. 2: 243 (1968).
  • Williamson, Orch. SC. Afr.: 178 (1977).

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